Small Claims workshop

    March 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Pima County Public Service Center
    240 N Stone Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. New JP Vince Roberts gave this workshop, along with an atty. for legal advice/help. About 25 people attended to learn about how to file a complaint ($54), how to answer ($34), change of venue to Civil Court (where attorneys are allowed). Subject matters for these cases are $3500 jurisdiction, mostly contract and landlord/tenants complaints (not evictions). I’ve been listening to cases for almost 13 years as a Hearing Officer. It is truly People’s Court as you present your own case, call witnesses, submit documents for consideration. Hearing officers aren’t allowed to order any actions/specific performance, just give our monetary judgements. (Late posting as I was busy after this event on March 27, and forgot to post.)

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